Food for Agile Thought #352: Team Topologies, CEOs and Product Leaders, Why Strategies Change, Leadership Essentials

TL; DR: Team Topologies, CEOs and Product Leaders — Food for Agile Thought #352

Welcome to the 352nd edition of the Food for Agile Thought newsletter, shared with 35,602 peers. This week, we revisit Team Topologies, Conway’s Law, and how you might influence an organization’s structure as a lone product manager. We also explore the essence of behavioral change and apply lessons from Tim Hartford’s Cautionary Tale “The South Pole Race: David and Goliath on Ice” to your failed agile transformation. Moreover, we try to understand what ‘dream teams’ or ‘tiger teams’ supposedly are.

Then, we delve into the delicate relationship between the CEO and the product leader of an organization, stressing the importance of building candor, trust, and communicating well. Also, we listen to Casey Winters sharing career advice for aspiring product managers, from communicating upward to de-risking meetings. Finally, John Cutler continues his quest to understand product strategy; this time is all about why it changes, from recency bias to sporadic research.

Finally, we follow Jake Burghardt delving into the usefulness of research repositories as internal learning tools, including practical suggestions on how to employ them, and we enjoy a new game to ‘illustrate essential aspects for collaboration and workflow improvements.’ Lastly, HBR points to a critical element of why ‘organizational transformations are prone to failure.’

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🏆 The Tip of the Week: Team Topologies

Shaw Li: How teams are organized will influences your product more than you might realize

Shaw Li revisits Team Topologies, Conway’s Law, and how you might influence an organization’s structure as a lone product manager.

➿ Agile & Scrum

(via Reforge): How to Build More Effective Teams

Tom Willerer and Kevin Bechtel share lessons learned on ‘dream teams’ or ‘tiger teams.’

Shane Parrish and Marshall Goldsmith (via Farnam Street): 🎙 The Essentials Of Leadership

Shane Parrish interviews Marshall Goldsmith, one of the world’s leading executive coaches, on the essence of behavioral change.

Karl Scotland: 3 Amazing Reasons Your Agile Transformation May Go South

Karl Scotland applies lessons from Tim Hartford’s Cautionary Tale “The South Pole Race: David and Goliath on Ice” to your agile transformation.

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🎯 Product

Ken Norton: CEOs and Product Leaders

Ken Norton delves into the delicate relationship between the CEO and the product leader of an organization, stressing the importance of building candor, trust, and communicating well.

Casey Winters and Lenny Rachitsky: 🎙 How to sell your ideas and rise within your company

Casey Winters shares career advice for aspiring product managers, from communicating upward to de-risking meetings.

John Cutler: Why Does Our Strategy Keep Changing?

John Cutler continues his quest to understand product strategy. Moreover, this time is all about why it changes, from recency bias to sporadic research.

📯 Stakeholder Trust — Scrum Master Survival Guide

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🛠 Concepts, Tools & Measuring

Jake Burghardt (via Team ReOps): Activating insights to overcome common barriers to product impact

Jake Burghardt delves into the usefulness of research repositories as internal learning tools, including practical suggestions on how to employ them.

Paulo Caroli: The WIP Drinking Game

Paulo Caroli presents a new game to ‘illustrate essential aspects for collaboration and workflow improvements.’

✂️ Cutting Room Floor

(via Harvard Business Review): Organizational Transformation Is an Emotional Journey

Andrew White, Michael Smets, and Adam Canwell point to a critical element of why ‘organizational transformations are prone to failure.’


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🗞️ Last Week’s Food for Agile Thought Edition

Read more: Food for Agile Thought #351: Agile and Deadlines, Why We (Often) Lack Strategy, Making Room for Discovery, Switching to Shape Up.

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